SIG SAUER recently had the pleasure of welcoming Texas State Trooper Corporal Joshua Moer to our headquarters in Newington, NH. Corporal Moer was named Trooper of the Year by the American Association of State Troopers, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Texas Department of Public Safety for his quick and decisive actions with his P320 when rescuing a kidnapping victim who was being attacked.
Here is the account of the incident from the American Association of State Troopers:
On April 26, 2018, Anthony L. Carter kidnapped Kaylea Renee Butts in Norman, Oklahoma. The pair traveled to Wichita County, Texas where a vehicle pursuit involving several law enforcement agencies ensued for approximately 35 miles, and reached speeds up to 150 miles per hour. Near the conclusion of the pursuit Corporal Moer was the lead unit. After assisting officers successfully deployed spike strips Carter’s car came to a complete stop, Ms. Butts exited the vehicle and was chased and tackled by Carter. Carter was on top of Ms. Butts and was violently stabbing her with a large knife. Realizing that minutes mattered, Corporal Moer discharged his pistol at Carter from approximately 40 yards away to stop Carter’s violent assault on Ms. Butts. Corporal Moer’s shot hit Carter, thus briefly delaying the assault. Trooper Aaron Clopton arrived at the scene, exited his vehicle with his patrol rifle. Corporal Moer and Trooper Clopton quickly advanced towards Carter and Ms. Butts. Corporal Moer gave verbal commands for Carter to stop, however, he refused to comply and continued to stab Ms. Butts. Both Corporal Moer and Trooper Clopton discharged their weapons at Carter to stop the aggravated assault. Carter eventually fell off Ms. Butts and died, ending the attack. Corporal Moer had discharged his pistol 11 times striking Carter with each round. After determining that Carter was no longer a threat, Corporal Moer returned to Ms. Butts and started to provide first aid along with other first responders until EMS arrived and transported Ms. Butts to the hospital. Ms. Butts received approximately 13 stab wounds and lost approximately 5 pints of blood. Due to the quick actions of Corporal Moer to stop Carter’s assault on Ms. Butts and the immediate first aid provided to her by Moer and others, Ms. Butts not only survived the aggravated assault, but she made a substantial recovery from her wounds and significant blood loss.
During his New Hampshire visit, Corporal Moer, along with his wife Camela and American Association of State Troopers President Keith Barbier, met with SIG SAUER President and CEO Ron Cohen, toured the SIG SAUER Academy as well as our New Hampshire headquarters and got a chance to see the production line where P320 pistols are assembled. “It’s crazy the amount of work that goes into making this gun from start to finish,” said Moer of the P320. “We held a block of steel in the beginning to see what it would come out looking like in the end. It’s a pretty awesome experience.”
1: Corporal Joshua Moer touring the P320 assembly line.
2: From left to right: Camela Moer, Joshua Moer, SIG SAUER CEO Ron Cohen, SIG SAUER EVP of Law Enforcement Sales Tom Jankiewicz, Association of State Troopers Kieth Barbier
3. Corporal Joshua Moer’s custom P320 XCompact commemorative pistol
In addition to his tour, Moer was presented with a commemorative SIG SAUER pistol, a law enforcement version of the P320 XCompact featuring the words “Texas Highway Patrol” engraved on the left side of the slide in addition to the American Association of State Troopers logo engraved on one sight plate and the Texas Department of Public Safety logo on a second sight plate.
“For the actual manufacturer of the weapon that was used to catch wind of the incident to bring us here today and even gifting us this gun,” said Moer, “I don’t know if it’s really even hit me yet. It’s extremely special.”